Matthew joined the Open University in July 2017 as Teaching Director - Policing. He is responsible for the design and development of a portfolio of new policing programmes at the OU linked to the Police Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF). He is the Chair of the Policing Board of Study; sits on several departmental and faculty committees; and is part of the Centre for Policing Research and Learning leadership team. Matthew has previously held academic positions at Liverpool John Moores University (as Senior Lecturer in Policing) and Northumbria University Newcastle (as Programme Leader for Criminology).
A social scientist, Matthew’s research interests include:
- Policing: including the role and function of the police in contemporary society; police culture and reform; how the police support victims of crime
- Police Education and Training: including how police officers learn; police engagement with/impact of Higher Education; police reform linked to education and learning; communities of practice in police learning and development.
- Contemporary intersections between sexuality and crime / criminal justice: including the occupational experiences of LGBT police officers; police investigation of LGBT hate crime; the experiences of transgender sex workers
Matthew is currently the Deputy-Chair of the British Society of Criminology Policing Network.